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N. Carolina natives to go on the big screen in 'Elle Rose'

Jan. 25, 2021 12:01 AM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Sanford native, Jessica B. Smith, used her love for writing to create a script for her first movie, “Elle Rose,” a romantic comedy inspired by the ones she loved growing up. Smith, a Lee Senior graduate, will release her first movie which she wrote, directed and...

Get vaccinated, Cuomo urges worshipers at 3 Black churches

Jan. 24, 2021 5:36 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged worshipers at three churches serving largely Black congregations to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are able. “We now have a vaccine that will save lives, but it will only save lives if we take it," the Democratic governor said...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his

How Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday' helped form US holiday

Jan. 24, 2021 4:51 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the summer of 1979, Stevie Wonder called Coretta Scott King to tell her about a dream he had. “I said to her, you know, ‘I had a dream about this song. And I imagined in this dream I was doing this song. We were marching, too, with petition signs to make for Dr....

FILE - In this June 7, 2020 file photo, Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, and his wife, Vera McKissic, pray during services in Arlington, Texas. As a student in college and seminary, then as a pastor in Texas, McKissic has been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for more than 45 years. Now he’s pondering whether he and his congregation should break away -- following the steps of several other Black pastors who exited in dismay over race-related actions of some white SBC leaders.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Some Black Southern Baptists feel shut out by white leaders

Jan. 24, 2021 4:22 PM EST

As a student in college and seminary, then as a pastor in Texas, Dwight McKissic has been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for more than 45 years. Now he’s pondering whether he and his congregation should break away. “It would feel like a divorce,” McKissic said....

FILE - In this June 1968, file photo, James Farmer, former Congress of Racial Equality director, is seen in his apartment in New York. Christopher Williams works daily to carry on the legacy of civil rights leader Farmer. Williams will tell his story of carrying on the Farmer legacy on the new PBS series ‘American Portrait,’ which blends first-person stories about everyday people into a documentary about what it means to be an American today. It airs Jan. 26, 2021, at 9 p.m. (AP Photo, File)

Virginia man carries on the legacy of James Farmer

Jan. 24, 2021 9:00 AM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Christopher Williams works daily to carry on the legacy of civil rights leader James Farmer. The legacy is in his job description—assistant director of the University of Mary Washington’s James Farmer Multicultural Center. It informs the work he does at the center...

Family of Black teen killed 15 years ago recall his death

Jan. 24, 2021 3:01 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Martin Lee Anderson would’ve been 30 years old on Friday, but his life was cut short just before his 15th birthday. Anderson shares not only the same first name as Martin Luther King Jr., they also share the same Jan. 15 birthday. In fact, he’s named after the revered...

‘In the Aftermath’ of COVID: NC poet finds strength, hope

Jan. 24, 2021 12:01 AM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — While the world hunkered down at home in April from the COVID-19 pandemic, Chapel Hill Poet Laureate CJ Suitt relished the time to create. He completed a month-long series of self-portraits and poems. He reflected on his art, and when the Black Lives Matter protests erupted in May...

South Carolina NCAA college basketball fans look at a new statue honoring A'ja Wilson before an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Columbia, S.C.  Wilson, preparing for her fourth season with the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA as the league’s reigning MVP was the guest of honor at Monday’s official christening of the statue of her likeness that honors her play off the court and representation of the university and athletics program away from competition.(AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

WNBA star A’ja Wilson gets emotional at event for her statue

Jan. 24, 2021 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the last moments of her speech presented to a very limited crowd due to the pandemic, former South Carolina and current WNBA superstar A’ja Wilson became very emotional just outside the Colonial Life Arena where she had provided the bulk of her amazing play. Wilson,...

Police: Black teens wrongly detained at Target in California

Jan. 23, 2021 9:28 PM EST

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department has said three teens, who are Black, were wrongly detained at a Target store in Westlake Village during a grand theft investigation last week. The teens — a 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds — from Thousand Oaks were...

Les Motes and his two-year-old daughter Mahalia leave flowers, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Atlanta, near the spot where a ball hit for a home run by Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron cleared the wall to break Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974. Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth but went on to break the career home run record in the pre-steroids era, died peacefully in his sleep early Friday. He was 86. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Aaron's death prompts call to change name: Braves to Hammers

Jan. 23, 2021 2:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As his adopted hometown mourned Hank Aaron's death, some fans called on the Atlanta Braves to change their name to the Hammers in his honor. “Hammerin' Hank” died Friday at age 86, drawing praise from all segments of society — including the current and former presidents...